Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 2, 1976 · Page 53
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Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico · Page 53

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Thursday, September 2, 1976
Page 53
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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Thursday, September 2, 1976 E-ll , 20 off Sn, Now get 20 off all CSXKj'' ' ' jB 1 JCPenney aluminum ... "' " tijjf ' allquipped withjmportant "Z uZmmmf 5-99 illMisrsiS Reg.10.99. One Coat Plus because color intensity differs, t uSfftJ'Vv, ''' ' "tv the volume of paint per can u , EmU1I1 ffi VIMU5HUJb i Jf may, In some cases, be slightly ite hV.- '-1Wk i less than a full gallon. 1 Journal Photo Barbara Richardson, Sculptor Oliver LaGrone With "The Dancer" Salute to State's Black Pioneers Is Effort That Boomeranged Salute to Black Pioneers Planned for This Weekend By SUSANNE BURKS An idea spawned by the effort of an Albuquerque woman to preserve history will come to life this weekend when more than 300 people from about 12 states gather here for "A Bicentennial Salute to the Black Pioneers of New Mexico." The woman is Barbara Richardson, who conceived theideaof a"gathering" after compiling her second "Black Directory of New Mexico " in combination with a bookof historical sketches, then arranged it with the help of four people and a "zero budget" The "salute" will bring together for a series of social events three of the pioneers, all elderly, and about 36 others who are first generation offspring of black pioneers. The three are Clara B. Wil-liams of Chicago, a homesteader who became the first black to enter and graduate from New Mexico State University; Effie Anderson of the Las Vegas area, whose husband was a railroader; and Henry Jones, also of the Las Vegas area, a retired Santa Fe porter. Among first generation offspring expected are Oliv er LaGrone of Pittsburgh, Pa., a nationally known sculptor, and Loretta Carson Hood of Elmira, N.Y., the first black to enter the University of New Mexico. A special feature of a Saturday night banquet will be presentation of diplomas from Albuquerque High School to representatives of three women who were denied their diplomas upon their graduation in 1907 because they were black. Explaining the idea, Mrs. Richardson said she thought of blacks' contributions to New Mexico history and the thousands of bicentennial dollars given to black organizations and wondered why nothing had been done on New Mexico's black pioneers. She applied for a bicentennial grant but was denied it and so decided to do the book project on her own. "I just didn't want that history to die," she said. Mrs. Richardson said she researched the history and combined it with the second edition of her black directory in a book now being printed by Panorama Press for private distribution and due for completion soon. She said she had been in touch with many people in compiling the book and began contacting them again because "I thought it would be nice to get some of them back here. . . "And it boomeranged," she said with pleasure, citing the overwhelming response she has had. The gathering will open Friday evening with a private reception for registrants at Holiday Inn Midtown hosted by Mrs. Richardson. The weekend schedule also includes a bus tour for the older visitors, a cocktail party and banquet Saturday night and services Sunday morning at Grants Chapel AME, which she said is the oldest black church in New Mexico. Sunday will include a private luncheon and the salute will end with a picnic Monday. A dance by Australian Aborigines who are touring the nation with an art exhibition will be performed at the banquet, Mrs. Richardson said. She said the program will include presentation of a proclamation by Gov. Jerry Apodaca proclaiming "Bicentennial Weekend for Black Pioneers." Dr. Lenton Malry of Albuquerque, the state's first black legislator; Mayor Al bert Johnson of Las Cruces, the state's first black mayor and Henry Bramlett of Albu querque, son of two pioneer families will give welcoming addresses. Of the black pioneers, Mrs. Richardson said most settled in New Mexico as porters with the Santa Fe Railway, postal workers, butralo soldiers, business men and in some cases, ranchers. She said buffalo soldiers, so named by the Indians, were from a black regiment of the regular Army which was provided for by Con gress in 1866. A daughter of one such soldier expected to attend the salute is Edith Butler English, 94, of Albuquerque. A summary of Mrs. Ri chardson's history lists as probably the first black in New Mexico, Esteban, the servant and guide to a white man who, she said, preceded Coronado by a year. their marks on state history thier marks on state history include Prof. Francis M. 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"At that leve, they are obviously still threatened," said Ron Walker, chief of the state's wildlife branch. What number is ideal? That's what the state wants to know. "No one knows," said Walker. "You'd have to have wild, self-sustaining population which could survive a natural disaster, like a volcano eruption." The nene (pronounced nay-nay) does not reproduce abundantly in the wild. A domesticated nene will lay two or three clutches of eggs In a year, while in the wild it . will lay but one clutch of up to four eggs. The nene is a relative of the Canada goose, but instead of mucking about in marshes, the nene inhabits the arid volcanic highlands on the islands of Maui and Hawaii. "It's not a waterfowl, it's a lavafowl," Walker said. Like its relatives, the nene is easily domesticated a key to its survival. The once-abundant bird was victimized by hunters and by predators which were introduced to the islands by Europeans. 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